Pure-play battery or hybrid grid energy storage?

Utility and network needs are rapidly changing and some are adopting both batteries and ultracapacitors to meet these needs. David Lentsch of Maxwell Technologies looks at some of the various approaches.

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How UK entrants can exploit Africa’s significant market opportunity

Despite regulatory ambiguities, the general consensus from industry stakeholders at this year’s Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live exhibition is that Africa’s solar sector is ripe for UK entrants, posing a significant opportunity that should not be missed.

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How UK entrants can exploit Africa’s significant market opportunity

Despite regulatory ambiguities, the general consensus from industry stakeholders at this year’s Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live exhibition is that Africa’s solar sector is ripe for UK entrants, posing a significant opportunity that should not be missed.

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What the World Bank’s US$1 billion loan means for Indian solar

Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), explains how significant this loan is for India and what else will be driving the targeted US$100 billion solar investment by 2022.

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In pictures: Australian copper and gold mine’s solar-diesel-storage hybrid project

Work has been completed on Australia’s “largest solar and battery storage project to date”, a 10.6MW PV installation at a copper mine linked to 6MW of storage, according to developer Juwi, which along with its project partners shared some images of the site.

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In it for the duration – the International Flow Battery Forum

Anthony Price of consultancy Swanbarton previews the International Flow Battery Forum in Germany with a quick primer on the technology, its uses and some of the players attending the event.

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Global Solar Council launches leadership forum

The Global Solar Council (GSC) is progressing in leaps and bounds as the first unified international voice of the solar industry. This week, it announced its founding corporate members and the launch of the Global Council Leadership Forum.

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Energy storage in 2016: Where do we go now?

Many have predicted 2016 will be the year when energy storage starts to live up to its hype. Andy Colthorpe canvased views from some of the leading figures and companies in the sector on the next developments a market that could help take solar and other renewables to the next level.

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What on earth would we do without net metering?

For over a decade, net metering has been a crucial component of the economic puzzle for renewable energy, allowing both residential and commercial rooftop PV owners to realise favourable returns on their solar equipment investment. John Merritt of Ideal Power Conversion looks at some of the arguments and counter-arguments and says solar-plus-storage could be the natural successor to the policy – starting at commercial and industrial (C&I) level.

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Large-scale solar is dead. Long live large-scale solar!

First Solar’s Christopher Burghardt argues that reports of the death of large-scale solar in Europe are greatly exaggerated.

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Where micro-grids, emerging markets and flow batteries intersect

Energy storage could have a ‘highly critical’ role to play in emerging economies, Aloke Gupta of Imergy Power Systems says. Gupta, who was previously with California’s Public Utilities’ Commission, the state’s regulator, talks about the uses and applications of micro-grids, from his vantage point of view as a flow battery and storage system maker.

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